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Vol 44 No 9

Published 2nd May 2003


Getting rid of Muluzi

The President can't stand for reelection but fears prosecution if he doesn't hold onto power

Nine years of multi-party politics after 30 years of dictatorship have tested the country's young democratic institutions. Two years of famine, a devastating HIV/AIDS epidemic and persistent allegations of corruption and economic mismanagement, have discredited President Bakili Muluzi and his United Democratic Party (UDF). The presidential election due by May 2004 would be a tough fight even if (as in neighbouring Zambia), Muluzi had not tried and failed to amend the constitution to permit him to stand again (AC Vol 42 No 1).

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